I am a Humanistic counsellor with experience of working with a wide range of issues both with the NHS and in private work. I have a warm friendly approach and aim to provide a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space in which you can begin to explore the issues troubling you. Central to my practice as a counsellor is building an accepting, trusting relationship in which you can explore your deepest self.
At times we can feel overwhelmed, anxious, stressed and struggle with uncertainty what the future holds. Occasionally something unexpected that we hadn't planned for can arise such as loss of a loved one, illness, family breakdown or problems in the workplace, this can be very difficult to cope with. At times like these, it can be helpful to talk things through with someone who will listen and accept you as you are, without judgement or telling you what to do. Counselling can enable you to be more accepting of yourself, better cope, work towards increased happiness and reveal your potential.
If you are considering therapy, then do call to discuss your needs.
I provide a premium and ethically sound service, my professional body being the BACP, I am experienced, well qualified and receive regular quality supervision.
I work with families, couples and individuals. In my family work I would typically work with 2 or at a maximum 3 family members at a time, with my work being focused more on parents with adolescent and teenage children. I do offer telephone, video and online therapy.
In my practice I adhere to a Humanistic model of working which means I view people as best served by making their own decisions, I don’t tend to offer any training or advice; however, where clients have an interest in the various theories which might apply, I would be happy to introduce appropriate theories for discussion.
Covid notice: The pandemic has meant that I have been almost exclusively been seeing clients by video and phone including family and couples.
Training, qualifications & experience
Jonathan Mitchell BA (Cicest), BEng (Leeds)
I am qualified with both BA Degree and a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, which included a research dissertation.
I work predominantly in my own private practice; however, I have worked as a therapist for staff within the NHS and for NHS patients via the Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
Education and experience
My degree in Counselling is from the University of Chichester, accredited by my professional organisation the BACP.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of working with both families and larger groups and believe we are always trying to do our best. In family therapy the family does not need ‘fixing’, it does not need to be told what to do or be educated; but, it can benefit hugely and transform itself through small ‘nudges’. The journey in family therapy enables the family to re-discover each other, a movement towards living together respectfully and basis for healthy rewarding and loving long-term relationships. The benefits can be life-long and can arise from dealing with separation and divorce, the problems arising from arguments, the pressures of living together and the challenges of adolescence.
Relationship problems within couples can be extremely challenging, and therefore in Couples therapy we will typically contract together regarding commitment to the sessions and the overall process. I will always strive to assure that sessions feel emotionally safe, and will assume a non-blaming stance. My experience indicates that effort put into reconciliation through Couples therapy, typically pays dividends for both the couple and their family’s well-being regardless of any future decisions. A client’s commitment to couples therapy can have significant benefits; the relationship can become more amicable, reducing confrontation and vitriol which can be both emotionally draining.
Online therapy and telephone therapy
I offer telephone and video therapy, typically FaceTime and WhatsApp Video work well.
I offer therapy mainly in the mornings and early afternoons on weekdays
Please call to discuss your needs, there is no VAT is applicable to my fees.
Family and Couples Therapy (sessions tend to be 50% longer), usually 75 mins.
I offer sessions throughout the week, and offer phone and video sessions.
I would invite you to visit my website to find out more about the way I work: www.jonathanjmitchell.co.uk.
As UKCP member I abide by their Ethical Guidelines. I hold current professional indemnity insurance.
My practice in Horsham is from my home, with parking available on the drive, or free-of-charge on-street.
My therapy room is on the first floor, accessible with a flight of stairs so is not suitable for wheelchair access; however, for clients who struggle with stairs or are wheelchair-users, then there is ramped access from the drive and we can no doubt arrange work on the ground floor.
Client issues addressed cover a wide range including:
Anxiety, Depression, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Stress, Anger management
Affairs and betrayals, Couples therapy, Relationship issues, Separation and divorce, Sexual problems
Food and weight:
Anorexia nervosa, Binge-eating disorder, Bulimia nervosa, Eating disorders
Impulsivity (and addiction/additions):
Alcoholism, Drug abuse, Gambling addiction, Internet addiction, Self-harm, Sex addiction and Suicidal thoughts
Abuse, trauma and PTSD:
Bullying, Domestic violence, Emotional abuse, Physical abuse, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Sexual abuse
Health and Loss:
Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, Illness, Bereavement and Loss
Abortion/Pregnancy, Adoption, Family issues, Infertility, Miscarriage, Postnatal depression
Career, Bullying, Sexual harassment, Work-related stress
Mental Health diagnoses:
Attachment disorder, Avoidant personality disorder, Dependent personality disorder, Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCD), Panic disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
(diagnoses below may require a recent Mental Health assessment to have been performed):
Bipolar disorder (manic depression), Borderline personality disorder, Dissociation, Hearing voices, Hallucinations, Narcissistic personality disorder, Personality disorders.